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Rehabilitating Degraded Woodlands

Almost 3 million acres of forest in the Northeast is poorly stocked from some combination of exploitive harvesting, poor soils, disease, or insect infestation. An additional 7.5 million acres is one poorly executed harvest away from being of degraded condition. Exploitive harvesting, also known as selective cutting, high-grading or diameter-limit…

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Added by Peter Smallidge on December 23, 2017 at 9:37am — No Comments

Chainsaws for Charity (C4C) - December 3, 2017 - Fun in the Sun!

A Perfect Day!  Sunshine, good friends, the aroma of two-cycle oil and the dulcet tones of a growling chainsaw.  It just doesn't get any better than that!  That's Jim on the saw, piling up the rounds and chips.

We just received word from Jonathan Wordingham of the Ontario-Walworth…

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Added by Dean Faklis on December 13, 2017 at 7:37pm — No Comments

Responsible Forestry

Golden Goose Forestry

Paul Hetzler

What do you call a dairy farmer who spends decades improving the genetics of a herd, then abruptly sells all the best animals to start a new herd from scraggly, unproven stock? Crazy, perhaps, or foolish at the very least, right? (Or maybe someone with a gambling debt).

Under normal circumstances, no livestock farmer culls their best animals to start over with random ones. Yet it’s common for a woodlot owner to sell all the large,…

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Added by Paul J Hetzler on December 10, 2017 at 9:17pm — 1 Comment

Predicting long-range weather outlooks

Weather or Not

Paul Hetzler

Weather modeling has become quite a big deal in recent years, with meteorologists falling all over themselves to report what the latest models say. It sounds like a fun job, and I am trying to find out how to apply for a position. No doubt I could model categories like “large stationary front” or “high pressure system” pretty well. If it involves appearing in a swimsuit, though, forget it.

I love it when a radio announcer chirps “clear and sunny”… Continue

Added by Paul J Hetzler on December 8, 2017 at 8:59am — No Comments

Yule enjoy this tradition

Yule Logs

The tradition of burning a Yule or Christmas log has largely fizzled out in most parts of the world. Although often depicted as a modest-size birch log, the monster Yule logs back in 6th and 7th century Germany were tree trunks that were intended to burn all day, in some cultures for twelve days, without being entirely consumed. It was important that an unburned portion of the log remained after the marathon Yule-burn, because this insured good luck in the upcoming year. The Yule… Continue

Added by Paul J Hetzler on December 7, 2017 at 7:07am — No Comments

Pining for a Better memory

Pining for a Better Memory

During the Christmas holiday season, new memories will likely be made, and recollections of past seasons may be recounted as well. But the holiday season itself can aid in remembering events of long ago.

Speaking as a guy who can hide his own Easter eggs and still not find them all, I marvel how Father Christmas, who is a few years older than I am, manages to keep track of so many kids and presents. Lucky for us that the most enduring memories are those with… Continue

Added by Paul J Hetzler on December 6, 2017 at 7:08am — No Comments

Forget About Reforestation

Forget About Reforestation

Paul Hetzler

Squirrels have been criticized for hiding nuts in various places for future use and then forgetting the places. Well, squirrels do not bother with minor details like that. They have other things…

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Added by Paul J Hetzler on November 20, 2017 at 8:29pm — No Comments

Giving Thanks

Thanks for Giving

Paul Hetzler

Many historians feel the Pilgrims would have all perished during the winter of 1620 if not for food provided by the Wampanoags, on whose land they settled. The following spring, the Wampanoags gave the Pilgrims seeds to plant, as well as a tutorial (possibly an App; we can’t be sure) on the production, storage and preservation of indigenous food crops including corn, beans, and squash.

That fall—no one is sure if it was October or…

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Added by Paul J Hetzler on November 20, 2017 at 8:19pm — No Comments

Forest Landowner Liability

Hi, Everyone.

I searched the web for New York State landowner liability and found the attached document. It looks a little dated but the content might be accurate.

Liability%20considerations%20for%20NY%20Woodland%20Owners.pdf

Then I searched this site and noticed that the…

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Added by Tim Levatich on November 17, 2017 at 1:05pm — No Comments

Chainsaws for Charity (C4C) - October 28, 2017 - Free Refills!

Time to begin refilling the stacks of C4C firewood for 2018 and the team got together on 28 OCT for some fun at The Deuel's.  Here's a picture of Dale preparing to ....take pictures.…

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Added by Dean Faklis on November 6, 2017 at 11:31am — No Comments

Chainsaws for Charity (C4C) - October 7, 2017 - The BIG Haul!

Two teams of Rotarians showed up for work today to transport and deliver 24 face cords of the finest C4C firewood.  This firewood was pre-sold earlier in the year by The Rotary, with all of the purchase price going to support Camp Onseyawa, a camp for children with special needs.  So far, C4C and The Rotary have donated approximately $2,500 to Camp Onseyawa (https://www.onseyawa.org/).  In addition, please recall that C4C has already…

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Added by Dean Faklis on October 10, 2017 at 6:01pm — No Comments

Controlling Thinning - Some Concepts and Methods

The title of this blog is that of the recent webinar by Dr. Ralph Nyland, presented on June 21, 2017.  The webinar is archived at www.youtube.com/ForestConnect and there is a direct link below.

Ralph focused his presentation on three topics. 

  1. How much residual basal area (relative density) should you leave during a thinning? The short answer is 60% relative density, allowing regrowth to 80% before thinning again.…
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Added by Peter Smallidge on June 21, 2017 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Chainsaws for Charity (C4C) - June 3, 2017 - Happy Birthday C4C!

Happy Birthday!  C4C is one year old!  Congratulations to the entire Team! 

Wow, the email list has really expanded.  I think that there are some…

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Added by Dean Faklis on June 4, 2017 at 1:58pm — No Comments

Tree Quiz

Tree Guys Don’t Know Anything          Paul Hetzler

What is an arborist?

1. What a resident of Ann Arbor, Michigan calls herself/ himself.  

2. A person who has received extensive training in all aspects of tree care.  

3. As opposed to your borist.

Tree topping is:

1. A type of syrup that forest-industry workers prefer on their ice cream.  

2. An incorrect way to reduce a tree’s height, one which leads to a very weak and…

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Added by Paul J Hetzler on May 23, 2017 at 8:15am — No Comments

Planting Tips

Only Bury Your Tree After It’s Dead

Paul Hetzler

In springtime, driving around on weekends makes me sad. Invariably I’ll pass someone out in their yard, shovel in hand, maybe with their kids or spouse, and they have a cute little tree from the garden center on one side of them, and a wicked deep hole in the ground on the other. If I wasn’t so shy, I’d stop and offer my condolences, because clearly they are having a funeral for the tree.

Here’s an arborist joke: What do…

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Added by Paul J Hetzler on May 23, 2017 at 8:12am — No Comments

Maple Seed Crop

sorry fdor the NNY bias...feel free to use this any time/way you like, and to edit out the offending parochial sentiments.

Helicopters and Handkerchiefs: Signs of Stress

Paul Hetzler

Here is a forecast the entire region can bank on: this spring will be characterized by pollen storms, and in a related development, it will rain helicopters this summer. Don’t panic—it has nothing to do with aircraft. It has everything to do with stress.

Short-term, moderate…

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Added by Paul J Hetzler on May 18, 2017 at 2:33pm — No Comments

Sugarbush Management

Sugarbush management is an important part of the responsibility of maple producers to ensure healthy and productive trees.  Like all the duties of a maple producer, learning how to manage your sugarbush will take some time, involve learning new skills, benefit with assistance from others who are more knowledgeable, and take some time to achieve mastery.…

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Added by Peter Smallidge on January 5, 2017 at 9:00pm — No Comments

Chainsaws for Charity (C4C) - November 6, 2016 - Team Blasts Through the First Load!

Another perfect day in Western NY and the C4C Team completed the first log load on NOV 6.  Thanks again to Tom Gerow and Wagner Hardwoods for their kind donation of logs; they are really a great company.  Check out the Team below after the day was done...they look well fed and well exercised!

That's Tony Ross sitting on the skid and Dale Schaefer way up on the pile.  Chris Howard is on the left, then Greg and Kathy Lessord, Dana Allison and David…

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Added by Dean Faklis on November 11, 2016 at 11:42am — No Comments

Chainsaws for Charity (C4C) - October 23, 2016 - Heating Season is Upon Us

The big log load donated by Wagner Hardwoods continues to decrease in size while the firewood stacks grow and grow.  After one more cutting session, all of the logs will have transmigrated completely into about 35 face cords of well-seasoned firewood.  Here's a picture of the NYFOA C4C Team from yesterday; we had ten participants:…

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Added by Dean Faklis on October 24, 2016 at 8:36am — No Comments

Forum

Oldest Flowering Tree in North Americal

Started by Carl DuPoldt in Forest Health Oct 2. 0 Replies

Fossil of Oldest Flowering Tree in North America Discovered. And It Was Huge. -- https://www.livescience.com/63719-flowering-tree-fossil-cretaceous.htmlContinue

Slash and squirt control of Ailanthus

Started by Mark Horberg in Woodlot Management. Last reply by Peter Smallidge Sep 23. 5 Replies

I have 20-30 ailanthus trees on my property in the 4-6 inch diameter range.  What specific herbicide and concentration should I use for slash and squirt?  Can you recommend a place where it can be purchased in small quantities?  Thanks. Continue

inaturalist

Started by Alicia Rose in Agroforestry. Last reply by Linda Rohleder Sep 22. 1 Reply

Check out www.inaturalist.org Contribute to ScienceEvery observation can contribute to biodiversity science, from the rarest butterfly to the most common backyard weed. We share your findings with scientific…Continue

IPhone surveys

Started by Jim Martin in Woodlot Management. Last reply by Linda Rohleder Sep 22. 1 Reply

Smart phones have GPS.  Has anyone figured out how to use them for mapping wooded land.  I am especially interested in a way to map  my logging trails. Jim MartinContinue

Agroforestry

Started by Carl DuPoldt in Agroforestry Aug 11. 0 Replies

Agroforestry can increase soil health, agroecosystem biodiversity, soil and total organic carbon, nectar/pollen/resin resources, reduces soil disturbance, increasing opportunities for agroforestry can reduce economic and ecosystem risksContinue

Urban Forestry Presentation Link

Started by Carl DuPoldt in Forest Health May 24. 0 Replies

Urban Forestry Presentation Link ---- …Continue

Stone Walls

Started by Brett Chedzoy in Woodlot Management May 14. 0 Replies

One of my first "real" jobs in forestry in the mid-1990's was in southern New England.  Although I had seen some stone walls here and there growing up in NY, I had never seen stone walls like those of coastal New England.  I remember one property on…Continue

Do Trees Talk to each other? See Video

Started by Alicia Rose in Forest Health Apr 24. 0 Replies

Suzanne Simard: How trees talk to each other | TED TalkVideo for How trees communicate with each other▶ 18:19https://www.ted.com/.../suzanne_simard_how_trees_talk_to_each_…Continue

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